So you booked your session. Now what?
Via e-mail we will discuss location selection, wardrobe selection, and answer any questions you have.
I am excited to capture you and your loved ones. Custom photography is unique because it not only captures what you look like at a certain point in time, it captures who you are. I aim to capture natural photos of your family and children. The goal is not to get a stiff and posed shot with everyone looking at the camera, but to capture the true essence of your family. I take a documentary approach to photography to create images that will become works of art that you can hang in your home and pass down for generations. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your session with me.
Together, we will decide on the best location for your photos. I have many locations that I love to shoot at regularly but I am always open to new locations as well. You can click here to see photos of locations that I typically shoot at. You should choose a location that fits your style and personality. I can help you along with this decision.
If we are shooting in your home, I prefer late morning, because that is when homes are usually lit up the best. If we are shooting outdoors, we will try to schedule for the evening, unless it is very overcast in which case I may ask that we move your session to a little earlier (usually 1-2 hours earlier). The light is typically too harsh mid day, so if we need to schedule for then, I will recommend a location with shade. If your children are up for it, shooting one to two hours before sunset provides gorgeous light and atmosphere. The images in my portfolio look the way they do largely because of my use of light and the time of day your session takes place has a huge impact. Many families tell me that they simply have the kids take a late nap or have some down time prior to their evening session.
Length Of Session
The good news is, I am super fast! My family portrait sessions rarely last more than an hour. Don't worry, I can easily get a diverse and adequate gallery in that time.
Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I do not recommend matching but rather coordinating. Click on "What to Wear" for some guides that can give you an idea of what I am talking about. I am happy to consult you directly on wardrobe if you would like.
I do not use props during my sessions (except for newborn session, however if you have something in mind please let me know.
Remember that children are not usually fond of being told to pose or smile. It is best if we just give the children time to relax and try to capture their natural self. Don't worry if your child is running about and active, most of the images you see of young children on my site were captured while the child or toddler was busy playing and exploring. To get the family shots, I usually direct the adults to simply "be" with the child, or hold the child and we go from there. To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little one has rested and has had adequate snacks and water. We can take breaks for snacks and play, however, I will probably still shoot during the breaks. Bring dry, non-messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session. Prepare the child for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them, it's best not to surprise them.
Please arrive on time or be ready to start on time
Remember, your session time is scheduled according to light and also my availability. I often schedule sessions back to back. It is important that we start on time. If you are late, I will not be able to accommodate your time. Please plan for traffic or parking constraints. It's best to arrive early.
Also, please remember to fill out the PRE-SESSION QUESTIONNAIRE before your session takes place.
I can't wait to capture your family! Do not hesitate to ask me any questions you have. See you soon!